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Updated: January 13, 2020

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Santorini Family Hotels – Tips and Recommendations

  • The best places on Santorini for families: Fira, Oia, Firostefani, Imerovigli, Kamari, and Perissa.
  • Fira is busy and lively. Firostefani and Imerovigli are quieter and walking distance from Fira. Oia is best for a stroller. Kamari and Perissa have the beach (but no caldera views).
  • – the best website for booking hotels in Santorini.
  • Best Luxury Hotel for Families in Santorini: Villas at Aria – separate from the hotel suites, each have their own private jacuzzi, and you can still use the large pool at the hotel.
  • Best Hotel for Families in Fira: Aria Suites
  • Best Hotel for Families in Firostefani: Tsitouras Collection
  • Best Hotel for Families in Imerovigli: Andronis Concept Wellness Resort
  • Best Hotel for Families in Oia: Strogili
  • Ampelonas Apartments in Imerovigli is a great mid-range hotel for multiple families traveling together.
  • Santorini Family Beach Resort: Aqua Blue Beach Hotel
  • Good Cheap Hotels in Santorini for Families: San Giorgio Villas (Fira) • Merovigliosso Apartments (Imerovigli) • Anemomilos Hotel Apartments (Oia)
  • Best Villa for Families in Santorini: Oia Mansion – 4 bedrooms, full kitchen, huge private patio with sunset views and hot tub

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The 24 Best Hotels for Families in Santorini

Aria Suites and Villas – Fira

Aria Suites and Villas in Santorini
Great location a short walk from central Fira but down a quiet lane away from the crowds. Nice pool. Views of the caldera, but the hotel is located just back from the cliff so it’s one of the few luxury hotels that allow children. The Carmen and Norma suites are the largest and comfortably sleep a family of 5. There are also the brand new villas that are set off on their own and have great views and their own private jacuzzis. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28650)

Andronis Concept Wellness Resort – Imerovigli

Andronis Concept Wellness Resort in Imerovigli, Santorini.
The most family-oriented hotel in Santorini, this luxury wellness hotel offers spacious suites and villas, all with private heated plunge pools, plus 3 larger shared pools (2 heated, 1 unheated). Family perks include kids’ yoga and spa treatments, cooking classes, tennis, and kids’ amenities in the suites and at the pool. The restaurant menu is overseen by a nutritionist and offers healthy, delicious options all day with many ingredients grown onsite in their gardens and vineyard. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 36767)

Tsitouras Collection – Firostefani

Tsitouras Collections Hotel in Santorini.
Small, luxury hotel (just 5 rooms) with an infinity pool, complimentary a la carte breakfasts, fewer stairs than neighborhing properties, and sweeping caldera views over the volcanoes, Thirassia, and Santorini itself from tip to tip. Spacious 1 and 2-bedroom suites sleep up to 5 guests, and the 3-bedroom villa sleeps 6 with a full kitchen and a private pool. Great food and drinks are available all day, made with careful consideration of special diets or food allergies. Complimentary arrival and departure transfers. Wonderful location within a 3-minute walk to the Firostefani bus stop and several great restaurants. (Hotel phone: +30 22680 23747)

Strogili – Oia

Charming, luxury hotel offering a large pool and sweeping caldera views in a quiet area near the heart of Oia. Cave Houses and Villa offer large private terraces and sleep up to 5, while One Bedroom Villas with Hot Tubs sleep up to 4. Located at the east end of Oia, near several cafes and restaurants, about a 4-minute walk to the pedestrian-only path and about a 10-minute walk to the heart of the village. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 71125)

Astra Suites – Imerovigli

Astra Suites in Santorini
One of the best luxury hotels on Santorini, with a beautiful pool and incredible sunset and caldera views. The hotel is mostly adults-only, though older children are allowed in The Family Suite and the Astra Private Villa (500 meters away from the main hotel). Both the suite and the villa offer 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully equipped kitchenettes, and private outdoor jacuzzis; the Astra Private Villa also has its own pool. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 24763)

Oia Mansion – Oia

Oia Mansion in Santorini
This enormous, private, luxury villa sleeps 8 with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a full kitchen, incredible sunset view terraces, and an outdoor jacuzzi. The villa offers all of the amenities and services of a 5-star hotel, including complimentary breakfast delivery, 24 hour concierge, twice daily maid service, and much more. The shops and restaurants of Oia are just out the gate but since the property sits above Oia’s lanes and alleys you feel completely removed from the crowds. (Hotel phone: +30 21468 79915)

Celestia Grand – Mesaria/South Fira

Celestia Grand Suites in Santorini.
Luxurious villa collection, each unit with kitchenettes, spacious terraces, private heated pools, and sweeping sunset caldera views. All villas have indoor jacuzzi tubs, and some add outdoor hot tubs. Villas range from studios to 2-bedroom units with some villas spread over 2 floors. Perks include airport and port transfer, an all-day shuttle to Fira, and daily breakfast delivery. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 25900)

Tholos Resort – Imerovigli

Tholos Resort in Santorini
Luxury, sunset-view hotel in the caldera with a pool, an upscale Mediterranean restaurant, and a la carte breakfast delivered daily to each suite. 1 and 2-bedroom suites and the 2-bedroom villa accommodate 4 to 5 guests, featuring kitchenettes and private, outdoor jacuzzis; the villa adds and indoor swimming pool. Located in the heart of Imerovigli, near Skaros Rock and tons of restaurants. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22618)

Aqua Blue Hotel – Perissa Beach

Beachfront luxury hotel with 2 pools and a kids’ pool, a serviced beach area, and a Mediterranean restaurant. A few room types sleep up to 4, but the Maisonettes (lofts) are best, with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a kitchenette. Aqua Blue is one of only a handful of wheelchair accessible hotels in Santorini, and the staff is super helpful and ready to assist in any way. Convenient location on Perissa Beach (the nicest sand of any Santorini beach) with many places to eat, drink, and get ice cream within a short walk. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 85015)

Elysian Santorini – Finikia

Elysian Villas in Santorini
Spacious 1- or 2-bedroom luxury villas, each with a private pool or jacuzzi and sunset views over the Aegean Sea (not the caldera). The hotel is designed like a village, with winding stony pathways and gardens between the buildings, plus one of the largest infinity pools on the island. The location in the quaint, traditional village Finkia is incredibly peaceful: removed from the crowds, yet still accessible to the caldera sunsets, fine dining, and shopping of Oia. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 71434)

270° Oia’s View – Finikia

270 Oia's View in Oia, Santorini.
Luxurious property with 4 gorgeous villas with 2 or 4 bedrooms and 3 cave houses that can be either a studio or a 1-bedroom. Each unit includes at least 1 cave-style bedroom, a full kitchen, a large garden patio, a private swimming pool, and sunset views toward the caldera (though the property is not in the caldera). Family-friendly amenities include high-chairs, cribs, and pool floats. The location is within walking distance of Oia and Finikia villages, but removed from the crowds. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 72246)

Santorini Princess Presidential Suites – Akrotiri

Santorini Princess Presidential Suites in Santorini, Greece.
4 lavish 3-bedroom/3-bathroom villas, all with heated private pools and outdoor jacuzzis, lawns and gardens, private gyms, parking spaces, and panoramic sunset views over the caldera and volcanoes. Services include daily breakfast delivery, daily maid service, and a 24 hour staff. A 2018 renovation has added a full-service spa, community pool, kids’ pool, restaurant, and bar. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 85150)

Mythique Villas Santorini – Finikia

Mythique Villas in Santorini
Three spacious luxury villas with caldera views and private pools in a quiet neighborhood just outside of Oia. The property offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas ranging from 80 to 110 sqm and all with their own private pools and stunning caldera views. Service is completely personalized, and though this is a self-catering hotel, staff is always available to handle any request or to arrange exclusive experiences. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 72363)

Galaxy Suites – Imerovigli

Galaxy Suites in Santorini
Luxury boutique hotel with 2 pools, a fantastic restaurant, and direct sunset caldera views throughout the property. The hotel offers 2 spacious villas for up to 6 guests, each with 150 sqm of living space with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a private pool, and indoor jacuzzi. Its restaurant and pool club at Le Moustache is among the very best in Santorini. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22753)

Tamarix Del Mar Suites – Kamari Beach

Tamarix del Mar in Santorini.
Affordable, luxury hotel with a large outdoor pool and attached kids’ pool, a small indoor heated pool in the spa, a playground, and babysitting on request. Almost all suites and apartments sleep 4 to 5 guests, though the split levels (maisonettes) are the most spacious and comfortable for families. All units include kitchenettes and a few add private, outdoor jacuzzis. The poolside restaurant offers daily lunch and a complimentary, American breakfast buffet. Just a 2-minute walk to Kamari Beach and several family-friendly restaurants and beach clubs.(Hotel phone: +30 22860 34173)

Zoe Aegeas Traditional Houses – Oia

Zoe Aegeas Traditional Houses in Santorini
Charming, cave-style hotel with breathtaking caldera views just steps from the Byzantine castle ruins. This tiny, affordable hotel offers spacious houses and a private villa, all of which include a kitchenette, private terraces with panoramic sunset views, and can comfortably sleep up to 6 guests. A simple breakfast is provided daily with homemade cakes, bread, and espresso prepared by the owners, a friendly, welcoming Greek couple who treat all guests like their own family. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 71466)

Santorini Kastelli Resort – Kamari Beach

Santorini Kastelli Resort in Santorini
Luxury resort with 7 pools (4 for all guests and 3 semi-private), a holistic spa, vineyard, and fitness center. Their Suites sleep up to 4 guests and can be 1-bedroom or loft style with a queen-sized bed and 2 single-sized sofa beds in the living area. Located in Kamari, less than 500 meters from the beach and a short walk to the open-air cinema. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31530)

Vedema Resort – Megalochori

Vedema Resort in Santorini
Family friendly, five-star resort with spacious suites, a fantastic restaurant, and a pool in a medieval village in the heart of Santorini’s wine country. Vedema Resort offers 1- and 2-bedroom suites and 3-bedroom villas interspersed with gardens, which create much more privacy than you’ll find in any caldera hotel. Located within the traditional village of Megalochori, there are several restaurants, shops, and tasting rooms within walking distance, plus Vedema offers free transportation to Fira and Perivolos Beach. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 81796)

Gabbiano Apartments – Oia

Gabbiano Apartments in Santorini.
A small collection of just 3 apartments, all with fully-equipped kitchenettes, private outdoor jacuzzis, stellar caldera views, and highly personalized service. Guests have the option of adding breakfast to their stays or booking the apartments only. The location is within an easy walk of the center of Oia and all of its dining, shopping, and best-loved attractions. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 72107)

Kamares Apartments – Fira

Wonderful, cave-style apartments with kitchenettes, stunning caldera views over the volcano, and large terraces, most with private jacuzzis. The Deluxe Apartment is the largest, sleeping up to 4 guests. A complimentary, a la carte breakfast is served to each apartment daily. Located in a quiet corner of Fira, yet only a 4-minute walk from the heart of the village. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28110)

Kalestesia Suites – Akrotiri

Wonderful family-friendly, hotel with a pool, game room, and spa. The split level Deluxe Family Suites are the largest, with a queen-sized bed on 1 floor and 2 singles on the other, plus a sofa bed in the living room, a kitchenette, and a private terrace with caldera views. The Luxury Suite is smaller but with a similar configuration and a private, rooftop jacuzzi. Breakfast is included in the room rate, and their pool bar and restaurant offer a great selection of kid-friendly favorites, like pizza. Great value for money. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 85097)

Costa Marina Traditional Villa –Fira

Costa Marina Villa in Santorini
Affordable, family-owned hotel (the family lives onsite) surrounded by lush gardens a short walk from the heart of Fira, but removed from the crowds. The Quadruple Rooms comfortably sleep 4 guests with a queen bed on the main floor and 2 single beds in the loft. The space is cozy but well-organized for efficient use of space. Service is warm and attentive. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28923)

Santellini Hotel – Kamari Beach

Santellini Hotel in Santorini
Cheerful, affordable hotel with a pool just a short walk from family-friendly Kamari Beach, the open air cinema, and plenty of shops, dining, and water sport centers. This mid-range/budget hotel offers 5 Maisonettes with pool views, each with a queen bed in the loft and 2 single sofa beds on the main floor. A homemade breakfast buffet is included in the room rate, plus they have an all-day pool bar serving drinks and light meals.(Hotel phone: +30 22860 28866)

San Giorgio Villas – Fira

Family-owned, budget hotel with a pool on a quiet side street in Fira, just a 5-minute walk to the caldera, dining, attractions, and the bus station. The cheapest hotel with quality family rooms in Fira, San Giorgio offers triple and quadruple rooms, with the deluxe and superior categories recently renovated. For stays of 3 nights or more, they offer complimentary port or airport transfers. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23516)

Merovigliosso Apartments – Imerovigli

The best budget hotel for families in Imerovigli, boasting a great location, a small pool, and partial caldera views. 1-bedroom Deluxe and Luxury Apartments sleep up to 4 with 1 queen bed and 2 sofa beds, a jetted bathtub, and kitchenettes. A continental breakfast is delivered daily to each apartment’s private balcony. Just steps from great restaurants and the bus stop. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 25950)

Anemomilos Hotel Apartments – Oia

Anemomilos Hotel in Santorini
The best value hotel for families in Oia. There’s a nice pool with a large deck and sun chairs. Shops and restaurants are a 5-minute walk away. There is a 1-bedroom with hot tub and caldera views and the 1-bedroom with sea view (facing the opposite way of the caldera) is a great deal if you’re looking for something cheaper. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 71410)

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  1. Renting Car for Family Trip to Santorini and Mykonos

    Hi Dave, Thank you for all the great info on this blog. I am thinking of going to Santorini, and possible Mykonos, late May/early June with our two children (6 and 8yo). Do you think it is mandatory to rent a car in those 2 islands, or are the bus routes sufficient to just “hop” to another village? I see that you mention quite a lot on some of the hotels recommended in Santorini that they are close to the bus stop – so perhaps a car is not needed? Thank you for your recommendation. Anne

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      In Mykonos there is less to see (the main places are the beach and Mykonos Town and they’re generally well-connected by bus). In Santorini, there’s much more to see and do. Much of that can be done with tours and bus rides but you’ll definitely see more of the island if you have a rental car.

  2. Windsurfing in Naxos

    Hi Dave, Great site thanks.
    Can you recommend any Windsurfing companies in Naxos? We are specifically looking for board hire.
    Thanks, Chris

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Good windsurfing companies for board hire are Laguna Beach Park in Stelida, Naxos Kitelife at the north side of Mikri Vigla, and Ride with the Gods at the south side of Mikri Vigla. Rates are similar at all locations, and all require an IKO level check before renting. Naxos Kitelife has a reputation for quality board rentals, but the tightest regulations, with boards only available to use at their designated beach area, only for 2-3 hour sessions, and they charge €20 if you fail their IKO check. Ride with the Gods offers quality boards, more flexibility with use of their rentals, and has board/gear storage available. Laguna Beach Park caters more toward beginning windsurfers, but they have excellent gear for rent and great rates on multi-day rentals.

  3. Fira or Imerovigli

    Hi Dave,
    I love your site! such great travel advice.
    I am staying in Santorini next year in May and have booked Canaves Oia suites for 3 nights. However, when we arrive in Santorini we have 1 night prior to Canaves Oia Suites, that we haven’t booked. My partner and I can’t decide if we should stay in Fira or Imerovigli for our first night prior to going to Canaves Oia Suites. What would you recommend, Imerovigli or Fira?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Fira is the nightlife and shopping hub of Santorini. Imerovigli is much quieter, no nightlife or shopping (beyond a few food markets), and 8 to 10 restaurants. Oia is sort-of a blend of those two places (much busier and more shops than Imerovigli, but not the nightlife, bars, and clubs of Fira). So, if you want more activity and buzz, stay in Fira. Otherwise, stay in Imerovigli.

  4. Tholos vs El Greco

    Hi Dave,
    Your blog is so helpful. We are a family of 7 – 5 children 22,21,18,16 and 7. We will be traveling in Santorini last minute in June, would you recommend VRBO or which hotel for our large group, we are willing to get 2/3 rooms. What are your thoughts on Tholos or El Greco?
    Thank you

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Tholos is wonderful with great caldera views and an idyllic location in Imerovigli. The pool is small but nice. El Greco is outside of Fira. Walkable to Fira – but it’s a long walk if it’s hot. It feels more like a resort. Not as charming but the pool is much larger and rooms bigger too. VRBO (and Airbnb) are great when they work out. It’s the inconsistency that makes them hard to recommend.

  5. Where To Stay with Kids in Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    We are traveling early June with 3 teenage boys. I’ve decided to stay in a hotel after reading your comments on staying at an Airbnb. I’d love some advise on which beach town to choose. The caldera side looks amazing but I’ve been told beach town is better with teens. Also, beach side seems to be better priced. We are not looking to break the bank.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Yes, beach towns have cheaper hotels and if the kids like to swim obviously there’s that appeal. (There’s no sea swimming when you stay along the caldera.) Kamari is more of a proper town, closer to the caldera, and has a great open-air cinema. Perissa has nicer sand and a cooler vibe.

  6. Iliovasilema Suites in Santorini

    Hi Dave
    We would really appreciate some advice on a great hotel to stay in during our visit to Santorini. We are arriving 2 May and staying for 5 nights in 2018. My mum has always wanted to visit Santorini so my sister and I are taking her. We have looked at for a hotel with a caldera view, ideally we are looking for a 1-2 bedroom with at least a queen bed and a double sofa bed. Currently I am holding the Iliovasilema Suites, which is at the top end of our budget. Should we look for hotels in Akrotiri or Pyrgos or is this location a little too remote and we would need a car to get around? Really appreciate your help. Realise we are only a month out from travelling, but hoping your advice will help us make the decision to firm up reservation with the hotel we are holding or go with your alternative recommendations.
    Regards Michelle

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Iliovasilema Suites has a great location in Imerovigli. I definitely recommend staying there over some place in Akrotiri or Pyrgos which is away from the main caldera villages and yes, then you would need a rental car. Iliovasilema Suites has wonderful views and you’re just a short walk to some of the island’s best restaurants.

  7. Aria Suites or Oia Mansion?

    Hi Dave,

    I am planning a travel with my wife and almost 20 months old. I am trying to decide between Aria Suites (villa) or Oia Mansion. It looks like villa is pure luxury while mansion is a great location for young kids?

    Please let me know.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      They are both wonderful places – two of my favorites but fairly different. Oia Mansion is basically a four-bedroom house with a huge private patio on top (and smaller one below by the entrance). It has lots of space inside and out. Crowds gather around Oia Mansion for the sunset (it’s smack in the middle of the prime viewing spot in Oia) but there’s a ton of private space for you and your family (the crowds are around the property but obviously not inside the grounds of Oia Mansion). The villas at Aria Suites are closer to a large hotel suite with a shared deck/patio with the four other villas. All villas have a private jacuzzi but not all are right on the edge (though you’re only steps away). There are large “curtains” that separate the space for each villa but you sort-of walk through those to get in and out of the villa property. There are no crowds immediately around Aria Villas. (So a little less privacy within the property but more privacy from the outside world as compared to Oia Mansion). Both properties have private hot tubs, but neither has a swimming pool right on the property. At Aria Suites it’s a 1 minute walk to the Aria Suites Hotel where there’s a beautiful pool (free to use for villa guests). At Oia Mansion it’s a 3 minute walk to Lioyerma cafe and pool bar with an equally nice pool (free after you buy drinks and food). Both places have great restaurants and a few small markets within a 3 to 5 minute walk.

  8. Hotel in Fira with Pool

    Hi, amazed to see the amount of quality information on this blog. Me and my 6 year daughter planning to spend 4-5 days in Santorini during October half term, this year. Will the weather be ok? Don’t need a large room, as it’s just 2 of us, would love a private pool and a view, where they would allow kids, Fira sounds like a great place, as is close to restaurants etc.
    Any recommendations?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Aria Suites is the most family-friendly hotel with both pool and caldera views in Fira. Weather in early October should be warm and beautiful but not hot.

  9. When To Book Santorini Hotel for Family of 4

    Hi there,
    We are travelling to Santorini with two boys aged 11 and 14 in July 2018. I can book the Princess Spa hotel now or wait until August to see if the Aria or Astra Suites have availability. How do these hotels compare?

    Many thanks,

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      If you can cancel for free then book Princess Spa now and keep an eye open for Aria and Astra. The big difference between the 3 is location. The Princess Spa is on a stretch of caldera with little around it (about a 20 minute walk to Imerovigli). Astra is in the sleepy town of Imerovigli (a handful of great restaurants but few shops or shopping). Aria is in Fira (lively with lots of shopping). The boys would probably prefer Fira.

  10. Family of 4 Holiday to Greek Islands

    Hi David, I am planning a late trip to Greeks isles late June/early July for 8 nights with my wife and 2 kids (9 and 7).. we are looking at Santorini for 2 nights and Mykonos for 6 nights. We have booked Aria Suites in Santorini and looking at Saint John in Mykonos. The hotels in Platos Gialos which you seem to recommend are heavily booked and/or very expensive now.
    Would you recommend staying in Saint John which seems to have private beach and good facilities for kids ? We want to be close to beach and have quality rooms/facilities

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Aria Suites is wonderful for a family, so good choice. Saint John Resort in Mykonos is very nice but not without some caveats: beach is small and not nearly as nice as Ornos or Platys Gialos beach, some tavernas nearby but not a lot of choice, a little isolated from the other beaches and Mykonos Town, most rooms are several levels above the beach so you’re not walking out your room and straight into the water. Renting a car makes seeing the rest of the island much easier if staying out here.

  11. Re: What Islands for Family of 3

    Thank you for the route recommendation! That’s very helpful. We originally weren’t going to do an actual stop in Rome but with your recommended itinerary we now plan on buying a multi city trip with a LAX to Athens then a Rome to LAX and buy a separate one way trip from Santorini to Rome with the last part of our trip being a 3 day Rome trip. Would you recommend against that? With that added itinerary, would you recommend splitting Naxos and Santorini and just doing a day trip to Mykonos or is Mykonos worth a 3 day trip. Also, do you recommend doing 3 nights in Fira and 2 in Oia if we want to stay there for longer or do you think moving around would be too much with our 5 year old. Lastly, what are your thoughts on the Anteliz Suites in Fira. I didn’t see them on your site but maybe I missed it. Thanks so much!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      A stop in Rome sounds great. And splitting time between Fira and Oia is also a good idea. Anteliz Suites are very nice. Two caveats: lots of walk-by traffic with people looking into the pool area. And not actually located in Fira. It’s up a steep hill from Fira on the footpath’s route to Firostefani. Climbing hills is all part of being in Santorini but be prepared for a pretty good climb every time you return to your hotel from the shops and restaurants of Fira.

  12. What Islands for Family of 3

    Hi there, your site is amazing! Thank you for putting in the time to support all of us with such knowledgeable content! My significant other and I are planning our first Greece trip with our 5 year old daughter. She is pretty socially mature and vacations well. We are planning on being there for 13 days (potentially 15) and wanted to know your opinion on how many days should we spend in the different areas. We like to do a combination of spending time at the beach/pool, relaxing, some sightseeing and eating great food. I was thinking of the combo: Athens 2 days, Santorini 4 days, Mykonos 3 days, Naxos 4 days. We are flying in from Los Angeles with a stopover in Rome so not sure if we should spend more time in Athens since we’ll be in a 16 hour flight prior to and not go to Naxos. I also don’t want to feel like we just keep moving around. Wondering what your thoughts are on Crete and if it is better to see than Mykonos or Naxos. Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks so much!!!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I think that’s a perfect itinerary – a good mix and not too much moving about. Adding Crete would change your plans a lot and probably not worth the effort (not that Crete isn’t wonderful, it is, but so are Naxos and Mykonos and they’re much easier to get to given your route). Not sure if you’ve booked all your travel yet but I would recommend doing something like:
      -fly Rome to Athens
      -ferry Athens to Mykonos
      -ferry Mykonos to Naxos
      -ferry Naxos to Santorini
      -fly Santorini to Rome

      Or could do in the opposite direction as well.

  13. Katikies or Perivolas with Kids

    Santorini Dave,
    I posted a comment on your other blog, but maybe this is a more appropriate spot, given we are traveling as a family…Hello! My husband and I are traveling in late September – early October with our 4 young children (age 8, 6, 4, 1) to celebrate my 40th birthday. We are considering one night Athens, 3-6 days in Naxos, 3 nights Santorini, 5-7 nights Crete. Is this itinerary advisable?

    Also, in Santorini, we plan to splurge on Katikies or Perivolas if either is available. It’s a big splurge. Do you recommend one over the other for young kids? Are there restrictions you know of? I have always wanted to stay at one of these two hotels. Any other insights or recommendations in Oia that we should strongly consider, and that would be comparable to these two?

    Also adding after some reasearch…I notice Perivolas (which we are leaning toward) is glaringly missing from your list. On their room descriptions, it says, “Children are not encouraged.” Every room says it. This is a big birthday for me, I have always wanted to stay at one of these two hotels. It is late in the season and they appear to still have pretty open availability at this time. Think they will be ok with our crew?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Neither Katikies or Perivolas will allow young kids. With an email you might get away with 10 or 12 year olds, but there’s no way you’ll get accepted with a 4 and 1 year old. Astra and Aria Suites are the most luxurious hotels with caldera views that allow children.

  14. Buying Diapers on the Greek Islands

    Are there baby diapers available for purchase on Santorini?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Yes. The grocery store in Fira (as you head south out of town) has the most baby supplies. Here’s what they have in the way of diapers.

  15. Aria Fully Booked for June – Aressana Hotel

    I am planning a 4 night trip to Santorini. After reading your blog, i got interested on Aria Suites, but when I checked availability, it was already full for June. Me and my husband and our 7 year old daughter are going in this trip. Our choice is Aressana. Is this a good hotel?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Aressana is very nice but does not have any caldera view. If you’re not committed to a view hotel then El Greco is more kid-friendly than Aressana. The tradeoff is that it’s a 10 minute walk outside of Fira whereas Aressana is right in heart of the town. I personally, would go with Aressana but it is a bit more boutiquish.

  16. Santorini Hotel with 3 Year Old

    Your blog is great and extremely informative.
    My husband and I along with our 3 year old will be in Santorini in May first week.
    With a kid, I’m quite confused about my choice of hotels.
    After reading your reply in Q&A I found Strogili in Oia quite good. Is the location and resort convenient with a kid?
    My other options were:
    Aressana Resorts and Suites in Fira.
    Agali Houses.
    I liked Astra Suites too, but would prefer a place where I spend Eur 700 for 3 nights.
    Can you please guide or suggest any other options.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Of the 3 hotels you’re looking at Strogili and Agali are the most kid-friendly (Astra is great too, but yes it’s more expensive). With Strogili you’re a little outside of Oia. It’s a nice walk from the hotel to the shops and restaurants but at one point you have to walk along a busy-ish road for 90 seconds. Not a deal breaker but it is a bit of a hassle. With Agali you’ll have lots of stairs to climb each time you leave the hotel.

  17. Santorini Hotel for Family of 5 with Caldera View and Pool

    We will be traveling to Santorini in July 2017 for 3 nights. We are 2 adults and 3 children, ages 7,9,11.
    We would like a caldera view and a pool. What do you recommend?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Great choices: Strogili in Oia (apartment is short walk from pool), Tholos in Imerovigli (villa is expensive but you get your own private plunge pool), and Aria Suites in Fira (large suites but not right on the edge of the caldera – back a little but still has views).

  18. Baby-Friendly Hotel and Beach


    We are planning a 3 week trip to England for a family members wedding from the US July 2017. We will have our 6 month old with us and this will be our first vacation as parents. I’ve always wanted to go to Santorini and would love to spend 5 or 6 nights in Greece. I like the Astra Suites and would definitely book there for Santorini. Instead of staying in Santorini the entire time, I think it would be nice to go to a beach, baby friendly, luxury hotel. Where would you suggest that would be easy to get to? We really love luxury and good food!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Astra is wonderful so good choice. For a beach hotel do the Ios Palace Hotel on Mylopotas beach in Ios – easy to get to from Santorini (short ferry ride), beautiful beach, pools, and good restaurants both near the beach and a short bus ride away in the Chora.

  19. Oia Hotel with Kids and Pool

    I am planning a trip with 8 year old and 10 year old. I think I prefer Oia. I like the Strogili Traditional Houses as they are on caldera and have rooms with kitchenette. What is your opinion with kids this age? Is it too far from town. Other choice we were considering were the villas at the Anenomilos Apartments as they are on the caldera but still have access to the swimming pool and have kitchenette. Any other places you suggest that are friendly to kids this age and with pool and caldera view?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Here is a picture where you can see Anemomilos and Strogili pools. The pool at Anemomilos is on the left (#1). It doesn’t have caldera views (the views you see on the website are looking east – fine but not what makes Oia so special). The rooms at Anemomilos are mainly in that large building beside the pool but there are also a few suites and villas (some with caldera view) up the street (around #4). The Strogili pool is the one almost in the center of the photo (#2). It does have caldera views but the pool doesn’t sit right on the caldera’s edge – it’s back just a little and across a footpath from the cliff. The reception at Strogili is along the path a short distance (#3) and the suites are down the stairs to the left of that little building. Central Oia is along the road (towards #4) just beyond the point visible in the photo the footpath ends and you need to walk on the road for about 100meters before rejoining the road. It’s not a big deal but a little bit of a pain to have to deal with the traffic while on foot (and more so with kids). That said, the distance to town is short and I wouldn’t worry about that – good for everyone and beautiful views the whole way. Hope that helps.
      Kid-friendly hotels in Oia with pool.

  20. Oia Infinity Pool with Young Child

    Hello. Question, I’m planning a trip to santorini in early June 2016. It will be myself, husband, and 11 month old. I am in love with the view of Oia village (you know the white and blue domes)! Anyway, I’m trying to find a luxury hotel in oia with an infinity pool and great view of Oia village, but am having trouble finding a place that allows infants. Any advice would be much appreciated. I could spend up to 250 euro a night, maybe 300 euro if it’s perfect !

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      There are not a lot of infinity pools in Oia, few that allow kids, and almost none that are less than 300 euro. The closest you’ll get is Strogili and Delfini Villas – both very nice but not exactly what you’re looking for.

  21. Luxury Hotels with Kids in Greece

    Hi – love your blog. I have a six and a four yr old and we’re looking to go to at the end of June beginning of July from Amsterdam. We’re open to any islands however I would like luxury accommodations that are kid friendly. Can you give me a recommendation on which islands would be best for us and what hotels?


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The best luxury hotels for families on the Greek islands are the Nissaki Beach in Naxos, Ios Palace on Ios, the Astra and Aria Suites on Santorini, and the Petinos Beach Resort on Mykonos. All have large suites, nice pools, and great locations.

  22. Santorini with a Two Year Old

    Just want to thank you for your information. All the comments have really helped us plan our trip and book the hotels! Travelling with 2 year old, can’t wait to see Santorini!


  23. Greece with Teens

    Hi, your blog and tips are great! Thank you. This is our first time to Greece and we have two teenage kids. We’ve heard Greece is great with teens because of history and plenty of down time/beach time. We were thinking of a few days in Santorini to relax. We were looking at Oia in Santorini – but are there hotels or apartments that are both walking distance to the town and the beach? Any recommendations?

    Also, any thoughts on this 10 day itinerary: 2 or 3 days in Athens, rest of time in Santorini for a little culture and plenty of relaxing OR would you recommend one other island for relaxing in addition to Santorini? Thanks!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Oia is not close to the beach (it’s a 20/30 minute drive to the main beach resorts) so no, there are no hotels walking distance to both town and the beach. Oia is walking distance to a great swimming spot just beyond Amoudi Bay but this is jumping off rocks and paths into the ocean, not a beach.

      For 10 days in Greece I would recommend 1 or 2 days in Athens, 4/5 days in Naxos (great beaches), and 4 days in Santorini.

      1. Jennifer

        Thank you!

  24. Hotel back from Caldera with Young Child

    Hi David – Love your blog. We are visiting Santorini this May but are in a bit of a pickle. We have a young child (3 years old) and a limited budget (<$250 / night). We would like to stay close enough to the caldera to have a view from the room, but not so close as to constantly worry about where the kid is. I also understand that most of the hotels near the caldera won't even allow any young children to stay. Can you please make a recommendation as to potential good hotels to stay at the top of our budget? Thanks.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      El Greco is a short walk outside of Fira. It is on the opposite side of the road from the caldera and has lots of space and nice pools for kids. It should have comfortable rooms for your budget.

  25. Cruises of Greece with Kids

    I have a question – I am traveling with a friend and we both have 2 children both over 7. We were thinking of doing a cruise to include Greece and Turkey this summer – would you suggest otherwise?

    It looks like Naxos is kid friendly and not sure that is one visited on the cruise.

    We are traveling from San Francisco airport so trying to see a good bit but keep costs reasonable.

    Any suggestions would be great!

    Glenda Grant

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Cruises are not a good way to see the Greek Islands. You don’t get long on each island. When you do visit you’re in a pack of tourists from the cruise ship. You don’t (usually) stay on the island for the night – the towns and villages really come alive at night and by then the cruise passengers are long gone. The food in Greece (and Turkey) is one of the highlights of a visit but when you’re on a cruise you’ll be eating half or more of your meals on the ship (and the food will be average at best, and quite possibly terrible).

      Naxos is a wonderful island, but you’re right, not a common cruise ship stop.

  26. Santorini Hotel with Baby

    Hi David,

    Great blog! We are getting married in Santorini in September and are looking for somewhere to stay with our baby who will be 1 years old by then. Can you recommend somewhere for us to stay (area/hotel etc) which is baby friendly and doesn’t have steep steps to get to?

    Thanks :-)


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Aria Suites is great for families with babies. The hotel is on one level (suites surround a beautiful pool). Nice views but not right on the caldera and not many steps to access. There’s parking nearby (once again, without stairs to get in and out). Shops and restaurants are an easy 3 minute walk away.

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